Just because the Pixel dropped the Nexus name doesn’t mean it won’t get quick access to development goodies from Google. Like the entire Nexus family before it, you’ll be able to download binaries, OTA images, and factory images for the Pixel, and they’re all now officially available directly from Google. Read more
With the Pixel shipping around the world this week, Google is ready to accept orders for two more of its newest devices.
The Google Store is where you can order the Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra from right now.
When it was first announced, one of Google’s major selling points on the Pixel was how good the camera is. Early on, pretty much everyone is agreeing that it’s a fantastic camera and might legitimately be one of the best cameras we’ve seen on a smartphone. But what exactly makes the camera stand out in a sea of competition and already-good cameras? Read more
Fall has not been a pleasant time of year in 2016 for smartwatch fans who were hoping for an update to their existing Android Wear devices or who might be interested in what Google has to offer. First, several of Google’s large partners who produce smartwatches – companies like LG, Huawei and Lenovo – all announced they were stopping plans to release any new devices for the balance of 2016. Then at the end of September, upon the release of beta 3 of Android Wear 2.0, Google announced the public rollout would be delayed until 2017. Thanks to a tip from Evan Blass, things may finally being turning around to a more positive note. Read more
A little over a month ago a teardown of a new APK for Project Fi revealed code that suggested family type plans were on their way to Project Fi. That has been one of the biggest requests from users who have made the switch or were pondering a switch to Project Fi. Today the Project Fi site was updated and users can now sign up for a new Group Plan option.
Chat bots and other virtual assistants have quickly become a popular way to not only get information, but to provide entertainment and the feeling of chatting with an actual human. To continue to breathe more life into its new AI platform, Google has reportedly hired writers from various Pixar films as well as The Onion to bring humor and a bigger personality to Google Assistant.
Join us after the break for more.
There’s actually a Google phone that you can buy right now, but first you probably want to check out its specifications. So we assembled a spec sheet for you to see what the Pixel packs and how the device stacks up in the very competitive mobile industry.
Hit the break for the spec sheet.
Okay, so “RIP Hangouts” is probably a slight exaggeration, but it’s clear that the focus for Google is going to be on Allo and Duo going forward, not their older messaging platform. We’ve seen it happen with Google+ where the service exists without really being put front and center, and we’re probably going to see it again. Read more
Google’s retail presence has been less than stellar, but they’re primarily a software company so it’s never really been a big deal unless you wanted to see a Nexus in store. They’ve made partnerships with places like Best Buy to try and build out a relatively small physical presence, but for the Pixel launch we might see Google take matters into their own hands. Temporarily, at least. Read more
Around $3.2 million has been spent in two days by Google to advertise its latest phone on television, and advertise executives expects hundreds of millions of dollars to be spent moving forward.